‘Jazz Tracks at Union Station’ Returns to the Monument – NBC Los Angeles

A train station, with its undercurrent of anticipation, its fantastic flow, its stops, starts and restarts, and all its forward moving momentum, can feel like music.

What if a stunning structure has stories to tell, lots of character, remarkable architecture and a prominent place in a city’s history?

Those are more important notes in the building’s composition.

Union Station’s own significant composition has been playing for nearly 83 years, giving travelers an interior rhythm to travel by, with flair, fun and style.

But sometimes, when we’re especially lucky? The musical flair we associate with the Alameda Street icon turns into sparkling sounds within hours.

Fortunately, that happens on Sunday, April 24, when the free-to-enjoy “Jazz Tracks at Union Station” returns to the landmark, courtesy of Metro Art Presents and KJAZZ.

Various exciting works are coming up during the multi-hour festival. Bobby Bradford and Friends will perform the celebrated trumpeter’s piece “Stealin’ Home – A Jackie Robinson Suite,” commissioned by the Baseball Reliquary in 2018, during the 4:30 p.m. performance.

Search for mr. Bradford and a host of acclaimed musicians on the station’s South Patio during the last concert of the day.

The Leon Division starts the afternoon program at 2pm, also on the South Patio, while other shows appear in the Waiting Room and North Patio.

Sam Gendel, Blake Mills and Benny Bock are also on the program, singer Maiya Sykes will participate in the joyous event and the hosts of the day are KJAZZ DJs José Rizo and Rhonda Hamilton.

Latin jazz, rousing percussion, lively voices, music full of memory and meaning, and a world-famous place full of its own currents: “Jazz Tracks at Union Station” is a sweet, sonorous fantasy made for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

You don’t need to reserve your spot, but this is a “first come, first served” event, so come early if you want to enjoy any or all of the performances.

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